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A slender lip feels good on the mouth, the rounded handle feels good in the fingers, and the pleasant heft (substantial but not heavy) feels good in the hand. Slightly tapered on the bottom, these can nest in cabinets if necessary.
About the line: These exquisite, pared-down porcelain pieces from Boston-based ceramicist Nicole Aquillano remind us of scrimshaw, and with good reason: like a storm-tossed sailor carving the dreams of her journey into ivory, Nicole etches the subtle embellishments on each piece of porcelain by hand, fills them with rich, inky, custom-blended pigment-it reads a deep indigo blue in some lights, and black in others-applies a signature hand-mixed glaze, and fires them twice. The luminous bone palette of the slipcast porcelain is simply the natural color of the hand-mixed clay itself and the double high-heat firing means that these pieces are (truly) as sturdy as they are stunning. We think we've found our new everyday dishes.
Take Care: Who said porcelain was fussy? These diamond-hard pieces are good to go in the microwave, fridge, or dishwasher.